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Monday, October 9, 2000 3:32PM IST (10:02AM GMT)
India’s first virtual medical varsity rolls out online education modules
New Delhi, Delhi, India

MedVarsity (www.medvarsity.com), India's first Virtual Medical Varsity was launched today. A joint venture between Apollo Hospitals Group and NIIT Ltd, MedVarsity, will provide web-based e learning to medical students, as well as continuing medical education to practising healthcare providers. 

MedVarsity will be a comprehensive and interactive medical e learning platform offering a virtual medical college that would complement the current medical education infrastructure in the country. The site will also offer online examination support to students, an exhaustive virtual medical library and specific programmes in continuing medical education to practitioners.

Speaking on the launch, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group, emphasised the need for quality education and world-class infrastructural facilities for the future generations of Indian medical practitioners. "Turning India into an internationally renowned healthcare destination will be possible only if its medical community has access to world-class education and training. Equally crucial will be continuing medical education for the practising medical and healthcare professionals to update them with the latest advancements in their area of specialisation."

Mr Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman NIIT said that, "NIIT is proud to be associated with this innovative e learning initiative as its technology partner. NIIT will be sharing its technology, know how and expertise in e learning.  Its technology capability of building corporate virtual universities for global customers will now also be accessible to MedVarsity".

The first section to go online the site, MedVarsity's examination module, will offer support to medical graduates preparing for their post graduate exams. Students will be provided with self-assessment and feed back modules and a question bank for the medical entrance examinations with over 60,000 questions in its reserve.

Knowledge base of students undergoing medical undergraduate and postgraduate studies is critical and currently not adequately addressed. This varsity will complement the medical education being provided and will help bring standards of excellence to learning and preparation. MedVarsity aims to target 100,000 students spread across over 160 institutes and 400,000 practitioners in the medical profession. These modules will be accessible to the users either through subscription or on a pay-per use basis. 

The site will complement the existing curricula in medical sciences at medical and healthcare colleges and universities in the country by offering learning resources and teaching aids to all those in the health care sector. 

MedVarsity will have an extensive medical library, which will be a repository of existing medical literature, with special focus on the latest developments in the medical sciences all over the world.

Ms Sangita Reddy, Managing Director of MedVarsity said, "The site derives its competitive edge as much from the Apollo Group's competencies, as NIIT's strengths in providing online learning, customised content development, software services and solutions. Together, these will not only enable us to provide a world-class online learning experience to the Indian students and practitioners but also take Indian medical expertise to the international platforms."

In the future, MedVarsity also plans to enter into alliances with other Indian and international education institutions, governments and communities to further expand its services and content.

NIIT ventures, the incubation arm of NIIT has also picked up a 15 per cent stake in MedVarsity.  NIIT ventures is addressing the global opportunities in Internet domains through its equity based strategic alliances with technology companies like relativity technologies, OneWeb Systems  and Classteacher.com.

Founded in 1982, NIIT has grown into a global e-Business Solutions Corporation with e-Revenues contributing to 38 per cent of the total revenues in the quarter ending June 2000. A Rs 880 crores Corporation, NIIT has emerged as a true Indian multinational with almost half of its revenues coming from global operations in 35 countries through wholly owned subsidiaries in the USA, Europe, Asia Pacific, China, Japan and India.
NIIT's e-Learning portal, NetVarsity started in 1996, provides the learner with an integrated delivery mechanism that combines physical mentoring with online support.

For more information please visit : www.niit.com

The Apollo Hospitals Group is India's leading integrated healthcare provider with 27 owned and managed hospitals, over 50 pharmacies and more than 1000 of the best medical professionals in the country. Apollo Hospitals heralded India's healthcare revolution by bringing world-class healthcare to India two decades ago.

Recently, the group launched www.apollolife.com, a comprehensive healthcare services portal. It brings together different players in health care community like the hospitals Pharmacies, clinics etc onto a common platform and provides them an exchange to customize and standardize healthcare information.

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